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Public Radio International to Stop Distributing ‘This American Life’

After 17 years, Public Radio Intl. announced March 20 that it will end distribution of one of its most popular shows, “This American Life.”

The Ira Glass-hosted program, which has been distributed by PRI since 1997, has a weekly audience of 2.2 million listeners and runs on 587 public radio stations in the U.S.

“During our most recent negotiation, it became clear that our organizations’ expectations regarding our futures were different,” said PRI executive Julia Yager in a statement.

This American Life” will continue production and will soon announce plans for distribution, according to the release, despite not having a partner in place.

“We don’t comment on confidential negotiations, so I can’t comment on any aspects of our conversations,” Yager told Variety.

“This American Life” will be available for public stations to broadcast, according to Yager.

The show will end its relationship with Public Radio Intl. on July 1.

Based in Minneapolis, Public Radio Intl. is one of the top public radio programmers in the U.S., alongside NPR and American Public Media.

It also distributes “The World.”

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